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Creating a space for cross-sector dialogue in Warrington

Warrington Voluntary Action

In seeking to improve their relationship with the local voluntary sector, Warrington Borough Council created the new post of Third Sector Partnership Development Officer (TSPDO). The new role, managed jointly by the council and Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA), coordinates a Third Sector Network Hub, which hosts meetings of strategic importance to cross-sector relationships and ensures a positive dialogue is maintained between the council and the voluntary sector. These innovations have led to improved practices in how the council works with the voluntary sector, and a refreshed local Compact.

Sunderland: Encouraging partnership working in funding applications

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The Sunderland External Funding Working Group is a sub-group of the local Compact Implementation Group.

The External Funding Working Group seeks to ensure that the City of Sunderland and its communities benefit from external funding opportunities by working collectively and collaboratively.

Compact Peer Review Toolkit

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The Compact Peer Review Tool was designed to enable peer review of local Compact operations according to commonly agreed procedures, questions and values.

The tool aims to make Compact stronger and more effective in your region, thus creating a fairer and more productive relationship between statutory and voluntary and community sectors to the benefit of people and the environment in the region.

West Midlands Compact Panel: Promoting good practice locally

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The West Midlands Compact Panel has enabled the sharing of good practice about the Compact and Compact principles and helped to strengthen partnership working across the West Midlands. It is attended by both public sector and VCS representatives who have an open and honest dialogue about how best to deal with current issues and challenges.  

Carlisle: Signing up to a local Compact

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Carlisle City Council wanted to sign up to the County-wide Cumbria Compact, to strengthen the good relationship they already had with the voluntary and community sector. Before they did so, the Council considered their compliance with the commitments outlined in the Cumbria Compact and identified areas for improvement by undertaking a self-assessment exercise.

Introducing the East of England Compact Network

Our research suggested that regional Compact networks add real value to local Compacts. Now we are putting that idea to the test by establishing the East of England Compact Network

Surrey: Honesty is the best policy

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The discourse between the Surrey Compact and Surrey County Council shows that all news, even bad news, is worth sharing.

Improved Procurement Processes at Essex County Council

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Essex County Council has recently revised its procurement policies. By removing barriers and levelling the playing field for voluntary and community sector organisations, they now follow both the letter and the spirit of the Essex Compact.

Organise it and they will come … Or will they?

Having trouble getting people from the voluntary and community sector to attend Compact related meetings and events? You are not alone. Perhaps now is the time to start thinking differently about how to reach a Compact audience.

          
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